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via Hope_Smoke tweets,
McKenzie on TSN Radio "the reaction on twitter have not been kind to Abdelkador & Det"
McKenzie "the Wings like Abdelkador and, while he's probably a 3rd liner, he can play up in their lineup and didn't want to lose him"
McKenzie "there is a bit of an overpayment but you always do for UFA & they didn't want to lose him."
Mckenzie "Wings may not like final few years of deal but looking more at next 4 years & they didn't want to lose him"
Mckenzie "Abdelkador would get same on open market"
Mckenzie "the Wings are paying a premium to make sure Abdelkador doesn't walk out the door and leave a hole in their lineup"
from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,
It's one of the most famous events in world history, the day that Western allies invaded northern France, landing on the beach in Normandy.
D-Day happened on June 6, 1944, and Justin Abdelkader's great-uncle, Garrett Bass, was among the troops that landed there that day.
Abdelkader said he once did a school project on Bass for a ninth-grade class.
"I got to interview him.," Abdelkader said. "I want to say he shook hands with General (George) Patton at one point when they moved forward to Normandy on the beach. Obviously it was a touchy subject so he didn't like talking about all the details but just pretty special. It was neat I got to bring his uniform and everything in."
Most people have seen the iconic photos taken that day when the troops arrived on the beach.
"It's truly amazing, one of the biggest events in the last 100 years, for the whole world," Abdelkader said. "For him to be a part of it, for him to go and fight for the freedom of our country and allies, it's pretty special."
Brad Richards' grandfather also fought in World War II.
Updated 6x at 3:20 PM: Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:
Practice was chock full of news regarding Pavel Datsyuk, Brad Richards, Kyle Quincey and a little dust-up between Teemu Pulkkinen and Brendan Smith. The Free Press's Helene St. James covers all the bases in her practice report:
The Wings are posting videos about their Michigan-made Red Wings, and here's their feature on Drew Miller:
The Wings have also posted videos spotlighting Luke Glendening and Danny DeKeyser:
This is not good news:
Updated 3x with bad news about Quincey at 12:31 PM: The Red Wings returned to practice after a day off, preparing for a nasty stretch in which the Wings will play 6 games over the course of 9 nights.
The Wings host the Sharks on Friday, head to Boston on Saturday and Ottawa on Monday, host the Capitals (again) next Wednesday and wrap things up with back-to-backs against LA and St. Louis on the 20th and 21st.
Anyway, MLive's Ansar Khan reported from practice...
Wings on ice for practice. Richards (back) taking part but not ready to play. Ferraro (knee) remains out.
Richards rotating in with top six. Andersson and Jurco likewise with bottom six.
From the Red Wings:
RED WINGS SUPPORT TROOPS ON FRIDAY DURING MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT PRESENTED BY APPLEBEE’S
… Red Wings to Honor Military Members Throughout Game, Hold Care Package Collection & Wear Camo Jerseys During Warm-Ups on Nov. 13 …
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings will host their eighth annual Military Appreciation Night, presented by Applebee’s, on Friday, Nov. 13, when the team takes on the San Jose Sharks at 7:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket). The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a Military Appreciation Night T-shirt.
“We are excited to be a part of Military Appreciation Night with the Red Wings,” said Mark Schostak, whose family owns 67 Michigan Applebee’s locations, “and we are proud to continue to honor servicemen and servicewomen year-round with Military Monday, when veterans and active duty military will receive a 30-percent discount on their food purchases all day every Monday at Applebee’s.”
Here's a super-brief catch-up post as I took a much-needed dirt nap yesterday:
- Andreas Athanasiou's speed and forechecking abilities yielded his first goal on Tuesday, and the Free Press's Helene St. James, MLive's Ansar Khan and the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan praised Athanasiou while wondering how long he might stay up here. I believe that the Wings' most-needed asset is speed, so I would quite frankly waive Joakim Andersson to keep Athanasiou up. Hell, I'd waive Ferraro, and he's fast;
- We all knew that Kyle Quincey was leaning toward ankle surgery, but he made it official on Wednesday, as the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and MLive's Khan noted;
- The Free Press's Jeff Seidel is one of many reporters who chronicled the Flint Firebirds' walk-out on their owner, and Seidel's article is a good read;
- My take on the now-official Justin Abdelkader deal is simple: fair salary at $4.25 million, term unreasonable by at least 2 years. Abdelkader provides a net-front presence that the Wings don't have otherwise in the organization, and he's very physical, but he's also tremendously inconsistent offensively. I also worry about the $ making it harder to re-sign Danny DeKeyser, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan, Petr Mrazek and Darren Helm, who are restricted (first 4) and unrestricted (Helm), respectively (per the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan).
- The Plymouth-Canton Observer reports that the Wings' alums will play the NTDP on Tuesday, November 24th, and that's a game worth attending, folks;
- And finally, NHL.com's Rob Vollman praised Henrik Zetterberg's production as part of a fine "over-35 team":
Updated 7x at 11:50 AM: It's official:
This is rather disappointing news from the Windsor Star's Bob Duff:
Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday, Fedorov was honoured in a brief – very brief – pre-game ceremony prior to Tuesday’s 1-0 win over the Washington Capitals.
If the Wings were thinking about retiring his number, this would have proven to be perfect timing.
But the truth is, they aren’t thinking about it. A source within the Wings organization insisted that there have been no serious talks about taking Fedorov’s number of out service.
Fedorov is also in management as general manager of CSKA Moscow of the KHL, the same club team he played for when the Wings spirited him away from the Soviet national team at the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, but it’s the way Fedorov left Detroit that still appears to be a contentious issued with some of the higher-ups in the organization.
Fedorov turned down a significant offer from the Wings during the 2002-03 season and signed as a free agent that summer with the Anaheim Ducks.
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